Tag Archives: biopiracy

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The Moo Point: Cows and Bulls lock horns with IPRs


The good old cow was mooing along and minding her business when suddenly the Narendra Modi government was elected and she was catapulted from minor celebrity status to headline grabbing stardom. Everyone wants to protect her; self-appointed cow vigilantes have cropped all over the country who have no qualms in committing murder in her name.  Prime minister Narendra Modi last week issued a statement condemning self styled cow protectors as “anti-social”. Recently a PIL was also filed in the Supreme…


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Spicy IP Fellowship 2016-17: Biopiracy in the context of Plunder of Wheat in India


In this post Parth Singh, discusses issues surrounding biopiracy in light of the recent order of the Supreme Court in Research Foundation for Science Technology and Ecology & Anr. V Union of India. Parth is a fifth year student at NLS, Bangalore. This is his first submission for the fellowship. The astounding range of ecosystems which flourish in India have provided India with immense species and genetic diversity rendering India as a mega-diverse country, as per Conservation International.  The increasing…


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Biological Diversity

Brazilians (Finally) Seek Permission to Milk the Benefits of the Ongole Bull


The Times of India reports that a Brazilian team has made an application to the National Biodiversity Authority to obtain 5,000 units of the germplasm of the Ongole Bull, a species of cattle indigenous to Andhra Pradesh. The Ongole Bull, which takes its name from the region where its mainly bred (the Ongole Taluka in southern Andhra Pradesh) is a large species of cattle which serves well in draught prone areas. This makes it naturally popular in AP, where it…


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Biological Diversity

[SpicyIP Tidbit] Nagoya Protocol to enter into force in October


The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing is all set to enter into force from October 12, 2014 pursuant to its ratification by 51 countries (ratification by 50 countries being the threshold requirement). The Nagoya Protocol, which aims to protect countries from biopiracy and misappropriation of biological resources, was agreed to in October 2010. India had signed the same in 2011 an the Union Cabinet had ratified it in 2012. (Swaraj’s post on the same is available here). The…


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Biological Diversity

An initiative to kill the Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture


While the Indo-U.S. civil nuclear agreement continues to flounder in the ‘Intensive Care Unit’ of the Prime Minister’s Office, Indian bureaucrats look all set to kill yet another high level Indo-U.S. bilateral agreement called the Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture (KIA). The KIA which was announced on July 18, 2005 by the then U.S. President George Bush and the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was intended to  facilitate technology transfer and research in the field of Indian agriculture. The aim of…


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Biological Diversity

Guest Post: The complex problem of developing modern drugs from Ayurveda


Today, we have for our readers, a guest post by Priyanka Pulla, a freelance journalist, on the difficulties in developing modern drugs from Ayurveda. A couple of weeks ago, Priyanka had written this excellent piece, titled “Ayurveda: Hoax or Science?” which featured as the cover story on Open magazine. After reading the story, I invited Priyanka to write us a guest post on the Ayurvedic drug industry and she has indulged us with the following post on the issues faced…


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Biological Diversity

Off-topic: Press Release Journalism by the Times of India in the ESG-Monsanto case


Image from here Earlier this year, on the 10 of May, 2010 one of India’ national newspapers, Hindu carried a first of its kind story alleging that its rival competitor and the largest selling English newspaper in the world, the Times of India was publishing advertisements for Monsanto’s Bt cotton crop as ‘news’ without informing its readers that the same was an advertisement – a phenomenon known as ‘paid news’ in India. I won’t get into the accuracy of Hindu’s…


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Biological Diversity

SpicyIP Tidbit: ESG sues the Govt. of India & NBA for non-prosecution of Monsanto’s Indian subsidiary


Well, it finally happened. After crying itself hoarse for more than a year over the non-prosecution of Monsanto’s subsidiary Mahyco for alleged bio-piracy of biological resources related to Brinjal, the Bangalore based NGO – Environmental Support Group (ESG) has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the Karnataka High Court. In this petition ESG has sued the National Biodiversity Authority, the Union of India, the Ministry of Environment & Forests, the State of Karnataka & the Karnataka State Biodiversity Board….


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Biological Diversity

NBA set to prosecute Monsanto’s Indian subsidiary: What about Cornell, USAID & the DBT?


In a story which ran today on PTI, the Chairperson of the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) has reportedly informed the press that his organization is all set to prosecute Monsanto’s Indian subsidiary (Mahyco) in a criminal court for violation of India’s Biological Diversity Act, when Mahyco allegedly accessed ‘germ-plasm’ related to certain varieties of brinjal. According to the PTI report the Chairperson states “The company has used local variety of brinjal to develop BT brinjal. We are in the advanced…


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Biological Diversity

The rage against the Karnataka State Bio-Diversity Board: too much rhetoric?


In a scathing press release, published about a month ago, the Environmental Support Group (ESG), a Bangalore based NGO, has slammed the decision of the Karnataka State Biodiversity Board to not prosecute Monsanto’s Indian subsidiary, Mahyco for alleged bio-piracy of a certain variety of brinjal which was used to create the genetically modified and hugely controversial Bt-Brinjal. Image from here. ESG had alleged, last year, that Mahyco and its collaborators had accessed the genetic material without the requisite permissions under…


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